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Dustin Hoffman blasts Hollywood: 'This is the worst that film has ever been'

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Dustin Hoffman had taken aim at Hollywood, saying that the film industry is in a bad state.

In an interview with The Independent, the actor said that the movie industry in its current state is driven purely by profit.

"I think right now television is the best that it's ever been and I think that it's the worst that film has ever been – in the 50 years that I've been doing it, it's the worst."

He went on to say that he isn't "getting much" directorial work, which he explained as being purely for financial reasons.

"I don't think that has anything to do with whether you are good or not, it's just about whether your films make money or not."

Dame Judi Dench recently spoke about working with Hoffman on Esio Trot in an interview clip exclusive to Digital Spy. »


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The lost projects of Guillermo del Toro: From Justice League Dark to The Hobbit

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Guillermo del Toro's exit from Justice League Dark is the latest in a long line of films, video games and TV shows that have gotten away from the Pan's Labyrinth director.

At times, the filmmaker feels like the Hollywood equivalent of The Fast Show's Unlucky Alf - frequently attaching himself to fanboy-friendly properties before seeing them vanish into the wind. We take a look back at the multiple del Toro projects that never made it to the starting line below.

Justice League Dark

The flip side of the regular, primary colours Justice League heroes, DC Comics' Dark united such disparate characters as Deadman, Zatanna, John Constantine and Swamp Thing. Del Toro penned a script for the film but reportedly dropped out to focus on Crimson Peak and Pacific Rim 2.

Warner Bros has a "dark and gritty" mandate for its comic-to-movie properties, leading many to believe that »


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Mark Wahlberg is reuniting with Lone Survivor director for CIA drama 22 Miles

3 July 2015 5:30 PM, PDT

Mark Wahlberg is going on another adventure with his Lone Survivor director Peter Berg for an action-thriller titled 22 Miles.

Furious 7 star Ronda Rousey and The Raid 2's Iko Uwais are also on board for 22 Miles, reports TheWrap.

This new film will be based around a CIA agent's quest to escort a compromised asset to a waiting plane through the dangerous streets of Indonesia.

22 Miles is the latest in a string of collaborations between Wahlberg and filmmaker Berg.

The duo are currently working on Deepwater Horizon, a dramatisation of the infamous 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill.

Starring with Wahlberg in the 2016 action-drama are Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson.

There is no release date yet set for 22 Miles. »


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The latest Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! clip is filled to the gills with disaster movie clichés

3 July 2015 5:11 PM, PDT

Every disaster movie cliché you can think of is packed into a cheesy new teaser for Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!.

After devouring Los Angeles in 2013 and taking a bite out of the Big Apple in 2014, Sharknados are now storming Washington DC and several other Us cities in the ultimate act of destruction.

9 of the craziest post-Jaws shark movies, from Jaws in Japan to Sharknado

Humanity's very survival is in the hands of every shark's worst enemy Fin Shepard, the killing machine who has somehow developed an ability to sense when Sharknados are forming.

By his side in this epic showdown are his chainsaw-swinging wife April (Tara Reid), trusty sidekick Nova (Cassie Scerbo) and even his father Gil (David Hasselhoff).

The foursome also have the full backing of the Us president (Mark Cuban) and his vice president (Ann Coulter) – so, these sharks don't stand a chance!

This year's Sharknado »


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There's something strange about Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen's Irrational Man trailer

3 July 2015 4:54 PM, PDT

Joaquin Phoenix re-discovers his passion for life, love and philosophy in the new trailer for Woody Allen's Irrational Man.

This new mystery casts the Academy Award nominee as tortured Braylin philosophy professor Abe Lucas, who is besieged with doubts and in the midst of writer's block.

That all changes when he begins simultaneous affairs with a young student (Emma Stone) and a Braylin townie (Parker Posey), before an even stranger mystery develops.

After spending the previous years shooting in Europe, Allen returned to the Us to film Irrational Man in scenic Newport, Rhode Island.

Irrational Man received a warm reception at its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in May.

Sony Pictures Classics releases Irrational Man on July 17 in the Us, while Warner Bros handles its release in the UK on September 11. »


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Love is complicated for Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård in Diary of a Teenage Girl trailer

3 July 2015 3:46 PM, PDT

Love is extremely complicated for Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård in a trailer for The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel about the sexual awakening of a teenager named Minnie Goetze (Powley) is being adapted for the screen by filmmaker Marielle Heller.

Rather than the sentimental portrayals of first love, Diary of a Teenage Girl is a frank and bitingly comic portrayal of the highs and lows of lust.

Diary of a Teenage Girl was shot on location early last year in San Francisco with a cast that also includes Christopher Meloni (True Blood) and Austin Lyon (Marvel's Agents of Shield).

The comedy premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, and also won the Grand Prix of Generation 14plus at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl opens in Us cinemas on August 7. A UK release is yet to be set. »


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It looks like Selma's Ava DuVernay won't be directing Marvel's Black Panther

3 July 2015 2:58 PM, PDT

Selma director Ava DuVernay has dropped out of contention for Marvel's Black Panther.

DuVernay confirmed today (July 3) that she has passed on the superhero movie, which will introduce the African nation of Wakanda into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"I'm not signing on to direct Black Panther," she told Essence. "I think I'll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be."

The filmmaker continued: "Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they're fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me."

The discussions between DuVernay and Marvel Studios apparently broke down well into the creative process.

"I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs," she explained. "In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn't see eye to eye. Better for me to realise that now than cite creative differences later. »


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This clever Ant-Man viral video tells you where thief Scott Lang fits in the Marvel Universe

3 July 2015 1:27 PM, PDT

Leslie Bibb is back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a clever new viral video promoting the release of Ant-Man.

The clip is presented in the style of a news promo, as Iron Man's intrepid journalist Christine Everhart (Bibb) reports the destruction caused in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The faux-news magazine then shifts into a brief teaser about the prison release of petty thief Scott Lang, the hero played by Paul Rudd in Ant-Man.

This piece of viral marketing invokes Ant-Man's main theme of Scott Lang finding redemption through teaming up with the heroic scientist Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).

It also foreshadows the rumoured storyline of division in Captain America: Civil War by showcasing the human toll of the Marvel heroes' intervention in world events.

In yet more Marvel cross-promotion this week, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has given Ant-Man an enthusiastic review.

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Watch Meryl Streep in new trailer for Diablo Cody's Ricki and the Flash

3 July 2015 12:25 PM, PDT

A new teaser for Meryl Streep's musical comedy-drama Ricki and the Flash is jam-packed with family tension and emotion.

The latest movie from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody tells the story of a rocker who abandoned her family for the road.

When her grown daughter's marriage breaks up, Ricki (Streep) has to make an uncomfortable journey home to reunite with the family she left behind.

Ricki and the Flash pairs the three-time Oscar winner with her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, with whom she last shared the screen in Evening.

The family drama is directed by Jonathan Demme, known among many other films for his acclaimed rock documentaries on Talking Heads and Neil Young.

Ricki and the Flash is released on August 7 in the Us and September 4 in the UK. »


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You need to see Tetris and Donkey Kong vs Adam Sandler in crazy new Pixels trailer

3 July 2015 11:39 AM, PDT

The latest teaser for Adam Sandler's science fiction comedy Pixels turns Tetris and Donkey Kong into Earth's worst enemies.

The premise for Harry Potter director Chris Columbus's new movie is that alien invaders attempt to conquer earth by pitting our favourite '80s video game characters against us.

Naturally, Us president Will Cooper (Kevin James) has no choice but to call in the planet's best gamers - Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage - to take down these invading aliens.

Our heroes get a little boost when they're joined by the army's chief weapons developer Violet van Patten ( True Detective star Michelle Monaghan).

The comedy was written by Timothy Dowling and Sandler's long-time collaborator Tim Herlihy, a former Saturday Night Live writer.

Pixels opens on July 24 in the Us and August 12 in the UK. Watch a previous trailer below: »


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Jk Simmons reveals he is signed up for future Terminator films

3 July 2015 9:41 AM, PDT

Warning: This article contains spoilers about Terminator Genisys that some readers may prefer to avoid.

Jk Simmons has revealed he has signed up for sequels to Terminator Genisys.

The actor, who plays Lapd cop Detective O'Brien in the sci-fi reboot, told /Film that he'll be back (probably).

Simmons said of his character: "Yes, we are told O'Brien does [survive]… in fact, we went back and did a little added shot on the roof of the whole helicopter sequence to make sure that we see that after Arnold throws me away, so that he can save people, I'm one of those that he saves and I'm still alive and watching what's happening."

Asked if he was tied into Terminator sequels, Simmons added: "I am signed on, so if there are sequels I will by God be there."

Simmons appears excited by the prospect of developing the character through sequels: "There are a »


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Just who is Matt Smith in Terminator Genisys?

3 July 2015 8:37 AM, PDT

Warning: This article contains spoilers about Terminator Genisys that some readers may prefer to avoid.

Even though the long-awaited latest instalment in the Terminator franchise is now out in the world, there is still some mystery surrounding Matt Smith's character.

Oj Simpson nearly played the T-800? 18 things you never knew about Terminator

However, screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier have made things a bit clearer in chats with CraveOnline.

Smith plays the manifestation of Skynet itself and would be set for more screen time in future sequels if the same thread of narrative was followed.

Kalogridis said: "You see in the beginning [Matt Smith] grabs John. He's not from this timeline. He's from an alternate universe, in the multiverse. Another of the many universes that exist. That Skynet is not from that timeline…

"This Skynet has been to this universe, and this universe, and this universe. That's why he says, 'I »


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Mitch Winehouse is making his own film about Amy: "We're going to tell the truth"

3 July 2015 7:59 AM, PDT

Mitch Winehouse has revealed that he is making his own documentary film about his daughter Amy Winehouse's life.

He said that he wants to "tell the truth" about Amy's life, in particular the final few years before her death from alcohol poisoning in 2011.

Appearing on Loose Women, he described Asif Kapadia's documentary film as "nonsense", and claimed that his comments were "misrepresented".

He said: "We're making an alternative film, [Amy's former fiancé Reg Traviss] and I. We're going to invite everyone that's spoken on the other film and we're not going to edit it - like they've edited me - and we're going to tell the truth about Amy's life because this is not.

"My grandson, who is 9 months old, is going to look at this - and he's a lovely boy - and he's going to say 'Granddad what were you doing? What exactly were you doing?' If I »


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From Broadway with Love - James Bond: The Musical is coming

3 July 2015 6:58 AM, PDT

James Bond has never seemed the kind of guy who would enjoy bursting into song, but a musical version of 007 is apparently on its way.

Merry Saltzman, the daughter of Bond producer Harry Saltzman, has secured the rights to a Bond stage show, according to Playbill.

James Bond: The Musical will include music and lyrics from Jay Henry Weisz, while Dave Clarke has written the story.

It will have an original plot, including "several Bond villains, plus some new ones," producers said.

Production and casting details have yet to be announced, but Saltzman hopes it will debut in late 2017 or early 2018 in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, Ellie Goulding has emerged as a new favourite to sing the theme tune to Spectre, after Sam Smith denied his involvement.

Daniel Craig returns as Bond in Spectre, which will be released in cinemas on November 6. Watch a trailer below: »


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Chris Pratt predicted his Jurassic World role in 2010 while he worked on Parks & Rec

3 July 2015 6:31 AM, PDT

Chris Pratt - raptor wrangler, assistant to Parks Director, owner of an uncanny Towie accent and now it seems, a psychic.

A new video has emerged which shows how the Jurassic World actor seemingly predicted his role in the summer blockbuster - years before winning it.

In a behind-the-scenes clip from 2009/10 on the DVD bonus features of Parks & Recreation Season 2, Pratt jokes that he's on the phone to Steven Spielberg who will have to wait for an answer on Jurassic Park 4:

Reading aloud as he types out a text to the director, Pratt says: "Sorry Steven, I was asked by Parks & Rec/NBC to do behind the scenes.

"Which is to say, everyone else was asked and said no.

"But I have no shame as you know by the endless gift baskets. I'll have to get back to you later about Jurassic Park 4."

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Sam Smith rules himself out of Bond theme for Spectre: 'I heard Ellie Goulding's doing it'

3 July 2015 2:13 AM, PDT

He's widely considered to be the favourite for the job, but Sam Smith has again flat-out denied he's voicing the Spectre theme.

The singer has said he'd "love to do it" but confirmed he's in the dark about who's behind the theme for the next Bond film.

"I actually have no idea. People seem to think I'm doing it but I have absolutely no idea what's going on," Smith told Capital London Breakfast Show hosts Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon.

"I'm being deadly serious. I really think I would know by now!"

The 'Stay With Me' star went on to tip another singer for the job, saying: "I heard Ellie Goulding was going to do it, I heard loads of different things. It's definitely not me."

Goulding is no stranger to lending her vocals to film scores, after recording 'Love Me Like You Do' for the recent Fifty Shades of Grey movie. »


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Ben Affleck talks Daredevil: "If I wanted to go viral I would be less polite"

3 July 2015 1:57 AM, PDT

Ben Affleck has admitted that 2003's Daredevil "didn't work at all".

The actor offered his take on why his first superhero effort fell flat with critics and fans, saying that the film came before people realised "you could make these movies and make them well".

He told Entertainment Weekly: "Daredevil didn't work, at all. If I wanted to go viral I would be less polite.

"That was before people realised you could make these movies and make them well. There was a cynical sense of, 'Put a red leather outfit on a guy, have him run around, hunt some bad guys, and cash the cheque'."

Affleck starred alongside his wife Jennifer Garner in the film. It was announced this week that the couple will divorce after 10 years of marriage.

Affleck's unfortunate turn as Matt Murdock caused fans to react angrily to his casting as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »


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Matt Damon's hipster ponytail is causing quite a stir online

3 July 2015 1:37 AM, PDT

Just when you thought long hair on men was on the way out, Matt Damon has gone and brought it right back.

The actor rocked a ponytail at the press conference for his latest film The Great Wall, and to be honest, it kind of stole the show.

Damon's new look caused quite a stir online, but not everyone was a fan of the style. While some felt he pulled the 'hipster' look off, others just wanted the old Damon back.

And in less than 24 hours, the ponytail already has its own Twitter page.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel was up to his old tricks again - recently turning his arch-enemy Damon's space epic The Martian into an ode to masturbation.

Last week, it was announced that Damon will produce a film on the worldwide FIFA scandal alongside his long-time friend Ben Affleck. »


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What do the cast of Back to the Future look like now? Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, more

3 July 2015 1:30 AM, PDT

In the run-up to Back to the Future's 30th anniversary on July 3, Digital Spy presents a week of special features celebrating the time-travel classic.

Great Scott! Has it really been 30 years? Back to the Future celebrates a landmark anniversary this week, so to mark the occasion we take a look back at the film to find out what the cast were doing then and where they are now.

We get all misty-eyed and nostalgic about Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and their Bttf cast-mates below!

Michael J Fox

A huge teen idol thanks to his role in sitcom Family Ties, Fox initially wasn't able to play Marty McFly due to a scheduling conflict with his TV show. The part of Marty went to Eric Stoltz, he was fired five weeks into filming, then Fox jumped on board as a last-minute replacement. The schedule was gruelling (10am-6pm on Family Ties, »


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Back to the Future turns 30 today: Celebrate with our special features on the trilogy

3 July 2015 1:30 AM, PDT

Back to the Future celebrates its 30th anniversary today (July 3). To mark the occasion, Digital Spy has assembled a week's worth of special features on the classic time-travel series. If you've missed out, here's the place to find everything you need.

Back to the Future in 88 seconds

Ever wondered what it takes to hydrate a pizza? Or the number of Jaws films that exist in the world of Bttf? We take an in-numbers video look at the trilogy in the highly-appropriate timeframe of 88 seconds.

Why Eric Stoltz was fired from Back to the Future

Most film buffs know that Eric Stoltz was the original Marty McFly before being fired and replaced by Michael J Fox, but Caseen Gaines's new book We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy sheds new light on one of Hollywood's biggest ever behind-the-scenes controversies.

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